Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Toronto Raptors Beat Washington Wizards 114-106 In Game 1

Toronto Raptors Beat Washington Wizards 114-106 In Game 1

Here are the Wizards' three biggest takeaways from Game 1 of their first round series. "If you're gonna trap us, we believe in our guys to make the same kind of shots that they trust their guys to make". Serge Ibaka was the unlikely scoring leader for the Raptors with 23 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. And with both DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry shooting poorly (they finished with 17 and 11 points and 35.3 and 44.4 percent field goal percentages respectively), there were definitely some worries for Toronto fans. "We've lost a lot of Game 1's; lost a lot!"

Later, head coach Dwane Casey described the club's second unit as a "luxury".

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"It's not a sigh".

"He was great", Casey said of Anunoby.

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The Raptors rank sixth in points in the paint per game (48.6) while the Wizards rank 25th (42.3). "We still hold the power to change our minds, but as long as those guys are producing, why should we change our rotation?" "We're in a tough series against a very athletic, fast team, so we can't, there's not a sigh of relief". The Sixers could end this one early with Embiid back in the lineup. They knew Toronto would focus on the three-ball, but allowing the Raps to shoot 16 of 30 from deep was far too many.

It was a dramatic change from past playoffs, when the offence lived or died with whether Lowry and DeRozan made their shots, and when the post-Game 1 media sessions had the air of a funeral. "He's been doing the same thing all year, it's nothing new". When it got chippy there for a little bit, I liked it. I think a lot of people got better. "That's the way playoff basketball is". Mike Scott and Marcin Gorat added a combined 26 points. Nogueira's length and presence around the rim immediately made an impact for Toronto, and Nogueira helped the Raptors open a seven-point lead midway through the quarter when he found an open C.J. Miles beyond the arc for three.

There were numerous positive signs in the win that weren't there last season. The team enjoyed their best regular season in franchise history and anything short of an NBA Finals appearance will be considered as a disappointment north of the border. If they were going to key on DeRozan and Lowry, how could the Wizards stop the rest of the Raptors' shooters?

"Guys played their role". Miles, acquired last summer for his long-range shooting, led the way with four, while Wright and Ibaka had three. While they have largely flattered to deceive, Scott Brooks' men still have the playoff experience to take the Raptors to the brink. Washington has played inconsistently all year, but they also missed John Wall for half the season. And, by all means, no more Game 1 losses after losing 10 straight in playoff series openers. "The first step in the journey", Miles said. And the biggest thing is to get a good foot forward. Understanding that the game plan our coaches are putting in front of us is going to work.

The start of the game was delayed 15 minutes by a leak in the roof that left moisture on the court.

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